ICC’s most experienced match referee Ranjan Madugalle has rated the pitch at the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy as “below average” after nearly 1300 runs were scored in the recently concluded Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

According to an ICC release, “the venue has received one demerit point under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.”

Bangladesh scored 541 for 7 declared in its first innings and 100 for 2 in its second essay. Sri Lanka batted once and piled up 648/8 declared with a career-best double hundred by skipper Dimuth Karunaratne.

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“The character of the pitch hardly changed over the course of five days. There was no shift in balance between bat and ball as the game progressed,” former Sri Lanka captain Madugalle said.

“The pitch remained batting-friendly throughout, resulting in a…

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